Childersburg man killed in motorcycle accident
by Mark Ledbetter
Childersburg resident Clark Scott, 56, was killed Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on I-459.

Scott was part of a group of 400-500 bikers participating in the 19th annual Teddy Bear Run, a charity that brings motorcycle groups together to deliver teddy bears to children at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Shag Hudgins, owner of Road King Leather and Accessories in Childersburg, said bikers from all over participated in the Teddy Bear Run. “Disciples, Hell’s Angels, doctors and lawyers all rode,” Hudgins said. “It’s not a territorial thing but a charity thing.”

Hudgins said it was quite a sight to see so many motorcycles converge at the hospital. “Nurses shuffle us through to all floors,” he said. “We get to go up to see the kids. It’s great for the kids and for the staff. There’s hundreds of teddy bears.”

“Clark lived his life the best he could,” Hudgins said. “He helped people in a heartbeat and gave money to anyone in need in the community.”

Scott worked for Hudgins as a motorcycle mechanic.

Hudgins said Scott could work on all types of bikes. “He was well versed; he could work on all of them,” he said.

Scott was riding his 1988 Harley Fleetside when the accident occurred, one he personally customized. “He loved that bike,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins described one bike Scott built for a customer as a “bobber.” The custom built bike took a stock bike and changed out the fenders, seat, handle bars and other features. It took 2-3 months to get the tank, which was imported from Australia. “We had to fight customs and other things,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins said Scott was active at Heritage Congregational Holiness Church in Childersburg. He played the guitar and sang.

“He was a great guy and never met any strangers,” Hudgins said. “And he loved to talk.”

The bikers left Riders Harley Davidson in Trussville with a police escort. According to a State Trooper report, the accident took place 2 miles south of Irondale in the southbound lane.

Also injured in the accident was Childersburg resident James Standifer, who was transported to University Hospital in Birmingham. He was released and was in church Sunday, Hudgins said.

Visitation for Scott is today from 5-8 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home. The body may be viewed at Heritage Congregational Holiness Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the service at noon.

Hudgins said Scott was a member of a local chapter of the Christian Motor Cycle Association and he expected 50-60 bikers to ride escort from the church to the cemetery at the New Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Rockford.

“At least he had the wind in his face when he went down,” Hudgins said.

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